CONFIDENCE in Philip Hammond’s tenure as Chancellor was ebbing away last night as a senior Tory backbencher called for him to be sacked.

Senior Tory MP calls for Philip Hammond to be sacked for attempting to delay Brexit

Andrew Bridgen became the first Tory MP to demand Mr be removed for his attempt to delay with a three-year transition deal.

While Mr Bridgen is the first MP to go public at his disgust in the Chancellor, several of his colleagues have let it be known that they also want to see him turfed out of the Treasury.

A fellow senior minister said that the Chancellor was “living in cloud cuckoo land” and that patience was running out with him in the cabinet.

If he [Hammond] continues to deviate from the Government’s agreed line the Prime Minister will have no choice but to remove him. And she will have the overwhelming support of the parliamentary party and of the country

Andrew Bridgen

, who is currently on holiday, last week ordered Downing Street officials to publicly slap down the Chancellor over his comments on delaying leaving the .

Mr Bridgen said: “If he [Hammond] continues to deviate from the Government’s agreed line the Prime Minister will have no choice but to remove him. And she will have the overwhelming support of the parliamentary party and of the country.

“The Chancellor must keep faithfully to the Brexit negotiating strategy set out by the Prime Minister and David Davis.

“But his recent remarks suggesting that post-Brexit Britain will look pretty much the same as now are simply undermining Britain’s negotiating position.”

Fellow eurosceptic MP Peter Bone has warned that ministers “need to stick to their own briefs”.

Meanwhile the Leave Means Leave campaign, has also demanded that Mr Hammond is sacked.

The ire of eurosceptics has been raised by Mr Hammond’s intervention where he suggested that free movement with the EU could continue after the two-year negotiation period is finished.

His proposal would mean Britain could not strike trade deals with the rest of the world for that period and would probably be subject to Brussels rule through the European Court of Justice.

Mr Hammond further infuriated Brexit supporters when he said “many things will look similar” on the first day after leaving the bloc in March, 2019 and that he hoped goods would flow across the border between the EU and Britain in “much the same way as they do now” during the transitional period.

His comments appeared to have been timed to coincide with a policy push by Home Secretary , who was also a prominent remainer, suggesting the free movement from the EU will continue after March 2019 when the UK is supposed to be able to take back control.

Mr Hammond also suggested that the UK could continue to be in the single market and the customs union, effectively under Brussels rule, for a lengthy two stage transition period.

Mr Hammond told a French newspaper that Britain would not seize the advantages of Brexit by slashing taxes to be more competitive.

He told Le Monde: “I often hear it that the UK is considering participating in unfair competition in regulation and tax. That is neither our plan nor our vision for the future. The tax we raise as a percentage of GDP puts us right in the middle of the pack. We don’t want to change, even after we’ve left the EU.”

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